Jose Mourinho confirms he will make additions to his coaching staff this summer

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will make two new additions to his coaching staff over the summer as he looks to rejig his management structure at Manchester United following the announcement of Rui Faria’s departure.

Faria, who has worked with Mourinho since 2003, announced last week that he would step down as assistant manager to spend more quality time with his family.

The Man United boss claimed following the 1-0 win over Watford last weekend that he would not appoint a direct replacement for Faria.

But Mourinho has stated that, following the departure of his long time assistant, he will bring in two new additions to the team.

“No. It’s a person coming who worked with me before but I can’t say the name because he’s still linked to another club,” he said.

Michael Carrick becomes a coach on the pitch but I’m looking for two new people on the team. There are many good coaches, but I like to make my assistants. I do not like trained coaches, I like to shape them in my way of thinking and they grow with me and I also grow with them.”

The 55-year-old has spoken of creating a particular management structure which deviates from the duopoly he formed with Faria for making decisions in the past. But this does not guarantee that this will elicit a change of style or perspective from the boss, even if Michael Carrick is on the staff as well.

His mention of “a person coming who worked with me before”, alongside another mystery assistant, suggests he may be creating a coaching environment which essentially replicates what he had with Faria, only calibrated in a slightly different way with like-minded individuals he can trust.

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